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Practical Linux by Bill Ball, John Ray, Michael Turner, M. Drew Streib

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Selecting an X11 Window Manager

One great feature of X11 is that it provides the freedom to choose how to manage the windows or programs on your screen. Through a window manager, users can select the look and feel of their desktop and customize much of its behavior.

There are several different window managers for Linux and the X Window System. Though you have dozens of good choices, this chapter looks only at KDE/kwm, GNOME/Enlightenment, and Window Maker.

Window managers vary in ease of use, convenience, size, and style. Although you can use only one window manager at a time on a single display, you might have several installed on your system. Window managers demonstrate the graphic flexibility of the X Window System and show that there is ...

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